We’re halfway through the semester and you probably feel the stress of finals building up. Don’t forget to breathe! Your brain needs oxygen to function and heal properly. If you feel like you can barely keep your head above water, try these breathing techniques to ease your mind.
Equal Breathing Close your eyes. Inhale for three counts through your nose, and exhale for three counts. This exercise is very helpful when experiencing unpredicted stress. It is quick, easy, and allows you to get yourself together on the spot.
4-7-8 Breathing Inhale for four counts through your nose. Hold your breath for seven counts. Exhale through your mouth for eight counts. Try this technique if you have a constant, nagging stressor. This is great to use during any breaks you may have throughout the day because it keeps you refreshed. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Find any muscle relaxation video on YouTube. Lie down, close your eyes, and listen.
This effective breathing exercise is great for bedtime. We unconsciously tense up our muscles, which can add to stress. Any muscle relaxation video you find will tell you to tense up specific areas on your body as much as you can and release. This allows you to completely relax every inch of your body. Remember to breathe in positive thoughts and exhale negative ones!
Tierra Thomas, PABPG Collegiate Ambassador